Parish church of St Peter in Alstonefield © Mike Cummins 2010
Approaching the church from the village © Mike Cummins 2010

Parish church of St Peter in Alstonefield

Ancient 9th century architecture...

Hidden from view on the south side of the village is St Peter's Church - a place of worship rich in history.

The walls of the Parish Church of St Peter in Alstonefield comprise a pleasing blend of sandstone and limestone, sourced from the surrounding hills.

There has been a church here since at least 892, and its architectural styles range from the Norman south door and chancel arch, through to the Decorated and Perpendicular.

The church essentially dates back to Norman times but has undergone several facelifts over the centuries, mainly in 1590 when most of the chancel was rebuilt and again in 1870. A feature of the church is its splendid woodwork.

Constructed by local chap Edward Unsworth is a set of low 17th century box pews, retaining their original brass-work, a double decker pulpit (originally a three decker ) and a painted Beresford pew at the east end of the north aisle.

The Cotton family pew bears the Cotton coat of arms on the back and was made around the same time as the rest of the carved woodwork in the church for Charles Cotton Sr, who then owned the now demolished Beresford Hall.

Contact details

Revd. Anne Ballard - 01335 310216

Curate: Revd. Arthur Hack - 01335 350365

Lay Reader: Mary Jephcott - 01335 310445

Church Wardens:

John Reavy - 01335 310125

Carrie Ross - 01335 310009


Last Updated: 28 Apr 2015